Friday flowers…peonies

Posted: June 4, 2021 in flowers
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I arrived back home yesterday about noon after having a perfect time (with the exception of coming down with a bit of a cold the last couple of days.) I managed to avoid both the rain and Tulsa on the way back, the rain through none of my own doing and Tulsa because President Biden was visiting on Tuesday when I would have arrived to spend the night and when the President comes to town, major roads close down. So I made like an Okie from Muskogee (lyrics follow), heading there and then to Oklahoma City for the night without ever going near Tulsa. Worked like a charm. The next night Albuquerque and tonight home and I got to watch Stanley Cup hockey playoff games in the motels. 🙂 Tomorrow it’s back to the real work and blogs as well. Happy Friday.

Merle Haggard

We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don’t take no trips on LSD
We don’t burn no draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

We don’t make no party out of lovin’;
We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ wool;
We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.

Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
Beads and Roman sandals won’t be seen.
Football’s still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.

And I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

  1. Glad you returned safely after a wonderful visit. Gorgeous peony, it’s one of my favorite spring flowers.

  2. Cheers to your safe return, good planning of avoiding Tulsa, and for the peonnies.

  3. Toonsarah says:

    Beautiful peony shots!

  4. That’s a gorgeous Peony! I’m glad you made it there and back again safely, and had a great time!

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Good planning. We used to have roads close here when President Bush would come to visit some rich friends. We live nowhere near to his friends, but the roads everywhere were blocked. It was a mess. Lovely photo that makes it all better.

    • The route I took turned out to be much nicer than going through Tulsa anyway, so that was win-win. 🙂 Doesn’t matter whom the President visits or where or when, roads get shut down and routines disrupted. I simply opted out.

  6. Prior... says:

    Cool lyrics and never heard of Muskogee so I really like expanding knowledge of fun geographical things like this.
    And I can relate to the presidential visits – we’ve had streets here shut down for past visits and it really can cause delays so you were wise to detour around the area
    And the Stanley cup watching in the hotel sounds fun!
    Last December I was in a hotel and ended up watching Bionic Man and Columbo shows.
    So fun

    • I’d heard of the song before, just the title, but never knew Muskogee was a real town. The detour turned out to be quite scenic, so that was good. I love hockey and else decided not to get cable when we moved, so we don’t get the channel the hockey games are on, which meant I particularly enjoyed seeing the games.

  7. Prior... says:

    Oh and that peony – you showed their plumpness and fullness

    • They were quite plump, Yvette. Hope all’s well with you.

      • Prior... says:

        Hi things are good here – a little exhausted doing too much the last couple months but hooky July will be quieter

        And my husbands grandmother had peonies at her home in Denver – they were transplants from another home and in the 1990s she said they were almost 100 years old and she had the peonies moved to their house when it was built in the 50s

        At the time (in 99s) I was not that impressed by the rows of peonies around the fence- they were heavy and droopy.
        But your photos really show the beauty

  8. Love Pionies and can totally relate to the ants. Great creative thinking on the route. Must also be nice to be back home

  9. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Good to hear you had a safe journey back home, dear Janet!
    Stay safe and have a very HAPPY Sunday!
    Claudia xo 🙂

  10. Resa says:

    Hahaha! I remember that song… from somewhere …. somehow.
    Welcome home! Peonies are one of the lushest flowers. I always think they look like gowns, but then many flowers do.
    Fab shots, Janet!